Mitsubishi Motors has introduced a Company Car Specialist network. These are dealers that have been specifically trained to aid and guide company car drivers when enquiring about and choosing a Mitsubishi as their company car.
The catalyst for the scheme is the significant increase in enquiries and sales to company car owners for the newly-launched Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), which has phenomenal environmental credentials. The official combined fuel consumption figure for the car is 148mpg and it emits just 44g/km of CO2.
With emissions so low, the Outlander PHEV attracts a Benefit in Kind rate of just 5% for company car drivers. This means that a 40% tax payer will pay just £665 in company car tax in the first year so keeping an Outlander PHEV1 over three years will save £11,201 per year in tax compared to the similar-sized Honda CRV EX Auto, and over £18,000 for those with fuel allowance entitlement.
And in the tax year 2015/16, the appropriate percentage for company car tax increases for all cars with CO2emissions greater than 50g/km, which will make the savings even bigger.
What’s more, there are savings for the employers too. Companies that choose to put Outlander PHEV on their fleet will benefit from considerable National Insurance savings, and Outlander PHEV has a 100% write-down allowance in the first year2.
Any of the existing Mitsubishi dealer network can choose to become a Company Car Specialist. To do this they need to have a dedicated and trained Company Car Specialist and understand the requirements of a company car driver. 60% of the Mitsubsihi dealer network is now signed up and more are expected to get involved in the next few weeks.
The Mitsubishi dealer locator, found on the national website, will show the nearest Company Car Specialist dealer to any postcode.
Toby Marshall, Sales & Marketing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said:
“We are delighted to announce the Company Car Charter and want to ensure that all company car drivers are fully aware of the benefits of vehicles like the Outlander PHEV. There has been an amazing level of interest in this vehicle.”